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on the social security and medicare trustees' report. several former public trustees discuss the findings of that report as well as the current state of u.s. healthcare. this hourlong event is hosted by the u.s. center for policy analysis. >> good morning, i and john goodman, president for the u.s. center for policy analysis and i want to welcome all of you here today. one of the most confusing things about the health reform law that congress passed in the spring is how it will affect senior citizens and others on medicare. in general, the media has done a poor job of covering this issue. now that we are in an election, i understand their tv commercials that are part of various campaigns around the country and many of those commercials seem to bear only a small resemblance to the facts. on the one hand, most people know that health care, the health reform bill is in part paid for by reducing spending on medicare beneficiaries. , more than half the cost of the first 10 years of the reform consists of reductions in medicare spending. there has been no explanation of what that really means.
years of greece and if you count the amount we owed to social security and medicare, we are within three years. i am talking about the debt held by the trust funds, not the off- balance sheet promises which represents the real challenge. thank you very much and i look forward to your questions. [applause] >> do we have questions for these two experts? maybe i will lead off with one par. if we implemented the affordable health care act the way it is written and we reduce spending on seniors and disabled by $2,300 per person by 2020 and $3,800 by 2013, what do you think their health care will look like? either -- >> what will have to happen is one of two things. we will have much longer lines and much more difficulty getting. care i think we will have more seniors in the er which is where people run. even though you are in short, if you cannot find a position to take a. view i think we will say provisions change in the way health care is provided for medicare. i would envision medicare and the hospital would replace semi private rooms withwards. you just have a lot of company. that is one
people. california has the largest medicare and medicaid population in the country with 4.3 million people and 10.6 million people respectively. crooks you want to defraud health care prey on this large population, particularly the large elderly and immigrant populations within this district. we have taken action largest civil penalties against the hospital to overbuilt medicare for a variety of services. in addition, we have criminally prosecuted the owners of seven health care agencies that collected approximately $125 million in false medicare billings. we have prosecuted the doctors involved in those fraud cases as well. we worked in partnership with the fbi, the health and human services, irs, the department of justice to take down these hardcore for lobsters. -- fraudsters. we will certainly continue to pursue these types of criminal cases against those who commit health-care fraud. in addition to our criminal cases, we coordinate those criminal remedies would civil and administrative enforcement to maximize our fact. on the civil side, my office has obtained more than $1.1 bi
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you are giving it to. and protect that medicare system and euros safety and identity by doing that. i need to spend a moment on our volunteers. you will hear from diane in just a moment. but i wanted to mention how this comes together. we have an amazing volunteer that is not able to be here today. he had a story where he was sitting in his dialysis chair -- he has dallas's three times -- -- dialysis three times a week -- and a woman approached him wanting to give him a lot of test strips. he picked -- she picked the wrong person to approach. [laughter] he started asking all of these questions and she turned and left. we thought that that was it. it turns out that two weeks later, he got a box with a clue costs -- at glucose monitor and tester is. he was offended. his identity had been compromised in medicare had been. those shipments were stopped and an investigation is still in selling. i hope i have captured the spirit and the passing of the program. people do care and what to do the right thing. we help them understand what that is. [applause] >> thank you for sharing your experie
your total satisfaction. i expected they'd help me file some paperwork with medicare and my insurance. i never expected them to be so nice or work so hard to get me a power chair at no cost to me. if we qualify you and medicare denies your claim for a w scooter or power chair, i'll give it to you absolutely free. that's the scooter store guarantee. we'll wo with your insurance company, even help with financing. if there's a way, we'll find it. when they delivered mom's power chair, i expected they'd show her how to use it once or twice. that man stayed for hours! whatever it takes, as long as it takes. that's our guarantee. why do we go to < uch great lengths? because making you mobile is our mission. we'llwork wit your doctor. we'll work with medicare and lçur private insurance. we'll even service your scooter anywhere in the country. call the sco÷"er store today. why go one more round ? you don't need a rematch, but a rethink. with lunesta. lunesta is thought to interact with gaba receptors associated with sleep. lunesta helps you get the restful sleep you need. lunesta has some r
thin came out that year like medicare. this year, like always, we'll have our guaranteed benefits. and with the new healthcare law, more good things are coming: free check-ups, lower prescription costs, and better ways to protect us and medicare from fraud. see what else is new. i think you're gonna like it. ♪ >> megyn: good news coming in for i on former president jimmy carter. the carter center releasing a statement saying that, quote, while on a flight to cleveland former u.s. president jimmy carter developed an upset stomach. upon rival he was taken to the hospital for observation. he is is resting comfortably and is expected to resume his book tour this week. he's had a bit of a grueling schedule, something like 16 appearances, let me get it up for you here. 16 appearances over 38 days. he's going to turn 86 this friday. 16 appearances over 38 days through october 29th. traveling from new york as far as seattle and salt lake city and on and on it goes. he has been quoted as saying a, i'll get the quote for it, something like, you can never say yes to too much. you should al
a choir performing for us today. [ male announcer ] do you have questions about medicare? are you new to medicare? unitedhealthcare medicare solutions can help give you the answers you're looking for. with over 25 years of experience working with medicare, unitedhealthcare can help with the confusion. call or go to medicaremadeclear.com now. we'll also send you this free guide full of helpful information. medicare has two parts, parts a and b, to help cover a lot of your expenses. like doctor visits, and hospital care. but they still won't cover all of your costs. unitedhealthcare can give you what you need to help keep you informed. i'm looking for help paying for my prescriptions. [ male announcer ] that's a part d prescription drug plan. the guide will help get you the information you need. is there a plan that lets me choose my own doctor and manage my out-of-pocket costs each month? [ male announcer ] yes. you'll want to learn all about supplemental health insurance. it allows you to choose your own doctor and a hospital that accepts medicare. i need something nice and easy. is t
. and about lipitor. when i got my medicare card, i realized i needed an aarp... medicare supplement insurance card, too. medicare is one of the great things about turning 65, but it doesn't cover everything. in fact, it only pays up to 80% of your part b expenses. if you're already on or eligible for medicare, call now to find out how an aarp... medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company, helps cover some of the medical expenses... not paid by medicare part b. that can save you from paying up to thousands of dollars... out of your own pocket. these are the only medicare supplement insurance plans... exclusively endorsed by aarp. when you call now, you'll get this free information kit... with all you need to enroll. put their trust in aarp medicare supplement insurance. plus you'll get this free guide to understanding medicare. the prices are competitive. i can keep my own doctor. and i don't need a referral to see a specialist. call now to get a free information kit. plus you'll get this free guide to understanding medicare. and the advantages don't end
ones out? nah. when i got my medicare card, i realized i needed an aarp... medicare supplement insurance card, too. medicare is one of the great things about turning 65, but it doesn't cover everything. in fact, it only pays up to 80% of your part b expenses. if you're already on or eligible for medicare, call now to find out how an aarp... medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company, helps cover some of the medical expenses... not paid by medicare part b. that can save you from paying up to thousands of dollars... out of your own pocket. these are the only medicare supplement insurance plans... exclusively endorsed by aarp. when you call now, you'll get this free information kit... with all you need to enroll. put their trust in aarp medicare supplement insurance. plus you'll get this free guide to understanding medicare. the prices are competitive. i can keep my own doctor. and i don't need a referral to see a specialist. call now to get a free information kit. plus you'll get this free guide to understanding medicare. and the advantages
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care and what you call obama care and preventing the rationing of healthcare reform and medicare and medicaid. let's just begin with this new healthcare law and its impact on medicare and talk about each of the different provisions and what you oppose about it. so if you look at how the healthcare law impacts medicare, it would increase medicare payroll tax on upper income americans. why do you oppose that idea? guest: it's not only the increase in the tax rates. in fact, it's primarily the two types of cuts, devastating cuts, that will appear on the program. first there's the direct cuts that are going to come out of the medicare advantage program. but even more important than that is, down the road, fairly quickly, there will be price controls and squeezing the reimbursement rates on doctors and hospitals. the medicare actuary estimates that once all of those are implemented, we're talking about a trillion dollars in cuts over the first decade and $5 trillion in cuts over the first two decades. host: the keyser foundation says that private medicare advantage plans will be reduc
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a improvement for the weekend. a flash fund warring [ male announcer ] have questions about medicare? new to medicare? unitedhealthcare medicare solutions can help give you the answers. call or go to medicaremadeclear.com now. we'll also send this helpful free guide. i'm looking for help paying for my prescriptions. [ male announcer ] that's a part d prescription drug plan. the information's in the guide. is there a plan that lets me choose my own doctor and manage my out-of-pocket costs each month? [ male announcer ] yes. you'll want to learn all about supplemental health insurance. i need something nice and easy. is there a single plan that combines medicare parts a & b with medical and drug coverage? [ male announcer ] you'll find medicare advantage plans can be both easy and affordable. what if i'm on a fixed income? [ male announcer ] if you're on medicaid and medicare, or in a nursing home, you may want information regarding special needs plans. so...have questions about medicare? new to medicare? call or visit us online and get this free guide.
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at where the numbers stand right now. n[ male announcer ] do you have questions about medicare? are you new to medare? unitedhealthcare medicare solutions can help give you the answers you're looking for. working with medice, unitedalthcare can help with the confusion. call or go to medicaremadeclear.com now. we'll also send yo this free guide full of helpful information. medicare has two parts, parts a d b, a lot of your expenses. to help cover but they still won't cover all your costs. unitedhealthcare can give you what you need to help keep you informed. i'm looking for help paying for my presiptions. [ male announcer ] that's a part d prescption drug plan. the guide will help get you the information you need. is there a plan that lets me choose my own doctor and manage my out-of-pocket costs each month? [ male announcer ] yes. you'll want to learn all about supplemental health insurance. it allows you to choose your own doctor and a hospital that accepts medicare. i need something nice and easy. is there a sine plan that combines medicare parts a & b with medical and drug corage? [ mal
but not as generous. same for medicare. everyone gets it. the rich will have to pay more. nothing is too sacred. that guess for the military. no check is written blindly before knowing what it is paying for fully. like saying no to the military when they ask for a jet fighter but does not breakdown the cost. i would rather give a fraction of that money to the folks fighting than the equipment for them. no to earmarks. all earmarks. bridges to nowhere airport going anywhere with me. no memorials. no museums on the taxpayers dime. no to all of that. but yes to this: a 10 percent across-the-board cut in each government program and every government program. en. i know, i know, i can hear the whining. hard to do in some cases. it is necessary. in all cases. and $2 trillion budget, think of shaving $200 billion. boom. you do the math. we do the world proud. with wouldn't want to invest in a country that demands pay for performance and poverty programs that benefit the poor for woman they are intended and not the bureaucrats for whom they are given? i sound crazy but you know what is crazier? this:
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'll be back with more. let me tell you about a very important phone call i made. when i got my medicare card, i realized i needed an aarp... medicare supplement nsurance card, too. medicare is one of the great things about turning 65, but it doesn't cover everything. in fact, it only pays up to " 80% of your part b expenses. if you're already on or eligible for medicare, call now to find out how an aarp... insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company, not paid by medicare part b. that can save you from paying .up to thousands of dollars... out of your own pocket. these are the only medicare supplement insurance plans... exclusively endorsed by aarp. when you call now, you'll get this free information kit... with all you need to enroll. put their trust in aarp p medicare supplement insuranc. plus you'll get this free guide to understanding medicare. the prices are competitive. i can keep my own doctor. and i don't need a referral o see a specialist. call now to get a free information kit. plus you'll get this free guide to understanding medicare. and the advantages don't end there. choose f
's actually going to go down. the nonpartisan unit at medicare came back and said that is not accurate, that is not meaningful and the white house numbers cannot be used. go ahead, dick. >> well, you know, all you're doing is quoting a bunch of alphabet people out there about what may happen five or ten years from now. what i would say to you is this, if the republicans, god help us, if they do take over congress and try to repeal it we'll have a full debate about this bill. i don't believe they are going to take over congress, god help us if we do. we'll have a full debate. in the meantime let the dam thing work, and let folks, like my daughter have insurance, let small businesses, like mine get the tax credits, and let's move forward on this. this is something that this president has accomplished that no other president has been able to accomplish. by the way the republicans must not have read it either because they certainly are not bringing up the points now -- >> if this bill was the best thing since sliced bread every democrat would be out there touting, the generation alsuccess
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's not going to be good for them because it's going to make major cuts in medicare, they say. >> i think that it's obvious that president obama has not been to a doctor's office lately. if you come into my office, you see longer waiting lines. robert's point is right, the costs are going up, my patients are upset because premiums are going up, right now their deductibles are going up so they're paying more out of pocket, the copays are going up, if they lose their job, they don't have insurance. seniors are waiting longer and longer, they have more problems i have to take care of. nothing in the health reform is going to take care of that. even the issue of adults providing children's health insurance, i heard from three patient this is week that their kid is over the age of 20 are not getting insurance. you know why? there's a loophole. they were never on a policy before. they can't just add them if they've never been on the poll sefplt all of this is driving costs up, and i'm not a big fan of the insurance industry, i'm not exactly on robert's side but i'll tell you one thing -- >> meg
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,000 seniors are being forced to find new health care coverage to supplement their medicare benefits. new england's harvard pilgrim, deciding to drop its medicare advantage program. the company point to go cuts in government payment to companies who give extra coverage to seniors. stuart varney is anchor of varney & company. st-fplt tu, the president announces the premiums would only drop by about a percent a year but that didn't reassure harvard pilgrim at least. >> look, it's worth repeating what the president said when he was trying to sell health care reform. i'll repeat it for you. if you like the plan, you keep the plan. well, for these 22,000 people, with harvard pilgrim in massachusetts, that simply is not the case, they've had their plan dropped. taken away from them. they were on this thing called medicare advantage, which pays medical costs that medicare does not. in fact, there are 11 million people on medicare advantage, and the heritage foundation says 7 million of them will lose that coverage in the next four years, because the government, under health care reform, is withd
. >> don't say jewelry. >> we'll be right back. assistance getting around their homes. there is a medicare benefit that may qualify you for a new power chair or scooter at little to no cost to you. stay tuned for this important medicare benefit information and free scooter guarantee. imagine... one scooter or power chair that could improve your may entitle you to pay little to nothing to own it. one company that can make it all happen ... your power chair will be paid in full. the scooter store. why should you call the scooter store today? because their mobility experts are also medicare experts. and that means the scooter store is your best shot at qualifying for a scooter that costs you little to nothing. hi i'm doug harrison. pay little to nothing out of pocket. how do we do it? we know what it takes to get you your power chair it's our strength. it's our mission. and we back it up with the scooter store guarantee. if we qualify you and medicare denies your claim for a new powerchair or scooter, i'll give it to you absolutely free. i paid into medicare all my life, and when i needed it
mission. we'llwork wit your doctor. we'll work with medicare and lçur private insurance. we'll even service your scooter anywhere in the country. call the sco÷"er store today. time to face the pollen that used to make me sneeze... my eyes water. but now zyrtec®, the fastest 24-hour allergy relief, comes in a liquid gel. zyrtec® liquid gels work fast, so i can love the air®. >>> back to our top story this half hour. president obama's oval office announcement that the u.s. combat operations in iraq have ended. >> there will still be 50,000 u.s. soldiers in that country but their mission has changed. dan harris has more now from camp victory outside of baghdad. >> now our escorts are leaving us because we're leaving the city proper. >> reporter: t minus eight days until the end of the combat mission and i'm sitting in the back of a u.s. military vehicle sweating like a proverbial pig in full body armor in 120-degree heat when we hear this report come over the radio. >> it is an ied. >> i think it's probably a pretty fair assessment. >> talking about two bombs a day, for people at h
. >> well there's no question that having part b of the medicare program was a big step. the problem with the bill was that it was written with a fatal flaw i would say in the so-called doughnut hole so the seniors who used the most drugs actually hit a wall; run out of insurance coverage when they needed it most and then have to pay 100% out of pocket. so part of this health bill fixes this doughnut hole over time and eliminates the gap. the second part of the flawed legislation in the 90's was that they didn't pay for it. this bill is done very differently. congress in fact said that we need to pay for the expansion of coverage, we need to pay for the investment in primary care, and we need to pay for this as we go forward. the bill will not add to the deficit, but all of the accountants who have looked at the bill said it actually reduces the deficit by $110 billion dollars over the course of the next 20 years. that's a big deficit reduction. >> one of the changes that took effect this week requires health insurers to cover children with pre-existing conditions. in response, sever
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